By 999 Call for the NHS, Jan 7 2016 09:18AM
Veronika Wagner makes it easy to understand
How many hospital visits can you remember where the ward or department was fully staffed with nurses, nurses got their breaks and had time for patients?
We have a shortage of nurses in the UK (just for starters 1200 matrons/ very senior nurse posts were cut as was reported recently). So one would think that the government would do their best to attract more nurses and get more people to train as nurses.
If you or I wanted to get people to choose a particular job or career, would we treat them well and make them feel welcome? Or would we – like the government—effectively block a lot of nurse recruitment from abroad, make those from outside the EU leave if they earn less than £35,000 per year, and scrap student nurses’ bursaries, making it financially impossible for many people to train as nurses, especially for mature students with families?
To anyone with common sense, these measures seem like a sure fire way to make sure as few people as possible train as nurses.
Now this is where government spin comes in: these policies are being sold to us as “recruiting more nurses and student nurses”, as having a lot more nurses than we used to have, and as all being well with the NHS. NewSpeak rules supreme, Black is White, nurse shortages are more nurses, financial hardship for student nurses will attract more people to become nurses.
Clear as mud?
If you and your loved ones wish to be cared for and treated in a publicly owned and funded and accountable NHS now and in the future then please get behind the student nurses’ bursary marches which are happening all over the country this coming weekend 9th and 10th January 2016.
In London (the main march and UK info page) Facebook Event Page
Newcastle Facebook Event Page
Middlesborough Facebook Event Page
Manchester Facebook Event Page
See you on the streets!